Walking towards awesome!

Walking towards awesome!

Walking towards awesome. But that means change for most of us, something different from the status quo you're used to. Does that sound scary?

Walking towards awesome. Sounds great huh?

But that means change for most of us, something different from the status quo you’re used to. Does that sound scary? I’m with you there. I don’t much like change, however, reframing things seems to work for me. So change becomes walking towards. Sounds more relaxed, less intimidating and far more rewarding, no?

 

When I feel triggered, I’ve taken to reframing things. This includes: ‘My job is boring’ has become ‘My job is easy’, ‘I need to do the washing’ has become ‘I enjoy soft, clean clothes’, you get the idea. It sounds so simple, and it is, but this simple change over time ha made me feel more positive, helped me embrace change, get motivated to Spring Clean the house (10+ years of junk) and begin the next phase of Inky Paws Art (more details at some other time).

It has changed things for me far more than I realised and it was FUN! Trying to think of a positive spin for a boring job was pretty challenging and I’m no fan of housework at the best of times! A challenge to spin a situation helped me focus, it was fun, not taxing and something I could do at ANY time. On the daily commute, while changing he bedding and beyond. It’s all in my mind.

So let’s start walking towards awesome, head high and ready to rock!

 

 

Walking towards awesome. But that means change for most of us, something different from the status quo you're used to. Does that sound scary?

5 steps to Creative Awesome

Let it be…

Change your life, change your priorities

Change your life, change your priorities

Change your life, change your priorities. If you think change is difficult or complex, I've got some news for you. It's remarkably easy... if you allow it.

Change your life, change your priorities.

 

Could it really be that simple? I used to be convinced change was difficult, too complicated with little reward. It was prioritising that changed my life. How? I started journalling. I have NEVER kept a diary and until 8 months ago, I activly resisted journalling in all it’s guises. While it is a story for another day, there were two main questions that drove my change.

What are my highest priorities?
Why?

 

Simple, right? They were challenging questions – being open and honest with yourself can be difficult and sometimes painful. However, the perseverance has been worth it, it has allowed me to work through pain, self doubt and really reflect on my life, goals and dreams.

Change your life, change your priorities. If you think change is difficult or complex, I've got some news for you. It's remarkably easy... if you allow it.

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You’re never too old to reinvent yourself

5 steps to creative AWESOME

5 steps to creative AWESOME

"Too scared...", "what if I get it wrong?", "What if I ruin it?" Do these questions haunt you? Let's get it moving, 5 steps to creative awesome.

I recently asked those of you on my mailing list what struggles you have in your creativity. (If you want in, pop your email in below the post or in the sidebar). “Too scared…”, “what if I get it wrong?”, “What if I ruin it?” This was a common theme, I sat and thought about these issues.

My cynical rather arsey side – the part that likes straight-talking-tough-love – responded

"Too scared...", "what if I get it wrong?", "What if I ruin it?" Do these questions haunt you? Let's get it moving, 5 steps to creative awesome.
That said, my less cynical introverted side TOTALLY GETS IT. Not from an artistic side, but from a professional side. I was terrified of advancing in my career, stepping out of my comfort zone, from a job I excel at to one with more responsibilities. I really can relate to these feelings, career-wise, I’m still there. I’m working on it – I’m determined to move on up and get out of my comfort zone.

With that in mind – I want to help you to get brave and create.

 

Introducing…

 

"Too scared...", "what if I get it wrong?", "What if I ruin it?" Do these questions haunt you? Let's get it moving, 5 steps to creative awesome.

 

 

Yup, 5 steps to creative awesome.

 

Let’s dive in.

 

 

1. Nothing holds you back more than your insecurities

Face your fear

Too scared? Not good enough? Can’t draw? No one is perfect, every single creative person has to work at it. Work through your fears. NOW. If you are wondering how, check out my Creative Enhancement Masterclass – it’s totally FREE!

2. Stop Making Excuses

Get out of your way. I don’t have time, I’m too tired, no space… Sound familiar? When you say things like this, it is an excuse, yes, TOUGH LOVE! If you want to crate, you need to prioritse it… Like the washing up, just more fun. Recognise these saying for what they are. EXCUSES. Pop it in your diary have a weekly creative night, or colour and coffee time. Schedule it in and COMMIT!

 

"Too scared...", "what if I get it wrong?", "What if I ruin it?" Do these questions haunt you? Let's get it moving, 5 steps to creative awesome.

 

3. Let go of the finished product

Don’t allow your expectations to dictate your success We tend to focus on the finished piece. STOP IT! Enjoy the process of creating, liberate yourself. My Inspiration Strikes are very much focused on the process rather than a finished piece.

4. Cultivate a daily creative practice

Find a creative practice you can do each day It doesn’t have to be big. Colouring books and sheets are great for this. You could use a small sketch book, make some bunting. The key; it needs to be small and easy to walk away from. This will allow you to work out ideas and fears before making your project. I’ve got a selection for you if you fancy – keep reading and you’ll see how to grab them.

5. It is your choice.

No-one is going to force you. It is your choice. If you want to create, you HAVE to start. You have the control and it is your choice.

Where to start? How about colouring. It’s simple and quick not messy (unless you choose to make it so). I’ve created several awesome sheets that you can have for free. Get even more when you sign up to our e-mail list!

Be open to awesome

Be open to awesome

Think your past defines your future? Focusing on your past steals your future. Be open to awesome, to things being even more amazing than you imagine.

Today, I plan to leave the worry behind. To be more open. Rather than worrying about what could go wrong, I am open to the possibility to things being even more awesome, more magical than I ever dreamed.

Anxiety and worry are thieves, thieves of the present and future. Life is short.

 

Be open to awesome.

Think your past defines your future? Focusing on your past steals your future. Be open to awesome, to things being even more amazing than you imagine.

 

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Reinvent yourself, change your mind, grow and inspire

Reinvent yourself, change your mind, grow and inspire

I get bored easily, my attention span outside art is about 45 minutes. Listen to the winds of change. Reinvent yourself, change your mind, grow and inspire.

Reinvent yourself, change your mind, grow and inspire yourself!

 

This last 14 days has been, well, interesting. I’ve had a mojo blip, been re-evaluating how I approach Inky Paws. See, I don’t like stagnation, I get bored easily – seriously, my attention span outside art, PC games and reading is about 45 minutes. My Inky Pause – a great concept, but I am bored! Inspiration Strikes – so much fun and so many people enjoy it. However, I’m not motivated by it.

Rather than cancelling and finding something new – or worse – burning out. I’m listening to the winds of change. Reinvent yourself, change your mind, grow and inspire. Simple.

 

So what changes am I bringing about?

 

I get bored easily, my attention span outside art is about 45 minutes. Listen to the winds of change. Reinvent yourself, change your mind, grow and inspire.

Inky Pause

 

Simple – I’m using my own art as a background – mixing paper and digital art to create these. No other changes. I find this far more inspiring and motivating.

 

Inspiration Strikes

 

Since it’s conception, these have been unrelated. Me playing with whatever inspires me at the time. I’m now feeling less motivated each week – so it’s time to change, not a full blown ‘Madonna’, just a couple of tweaks. I’m going to start a project, making things more technique focused. I’m looking forward to these so much!

I really hope you will enjoy these changes as much as me!

 

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Think your flaws are a problem? A thing to be pushed down and ignored? Fill the wounds with love, light and forgiveness. Forget the fear, enjoy the journey. Let the light in

Think your flaws are a problem? A thing to be pushed down and ignored? Fill the wounds with love, light and forgiveness. Forget the fear, enjoy the journey. Let the light in

Think your flaws are a problem? A thing to be pushed down and ignored? Fill the wounds with love, light and forgiveness. Forget the fear, enjoy the journey.

Think your flaws are a problem? A thing to be pushed down and ignored?

 

Cracks allow the light to enter

 

To fill them with golden sunshine, see brightness through the dark. We only see stars because of the dark, the rainbows following the storm. So allow the cracks to be there, allow them to flood with light, mending the cracks doesn’t have to mean seamlessly fixed. Filling the cracks with light can mend them.

Think your flaws are a problem? A thing to be pushed down and ignored? Fill the wounds with love, light and forgiveness. Forget the fear, enjoy the journey.
Whatever you call it, a self care kit, a comfort kit, they are so easy to make. Create your own self care kit.

Whatever you call it, a self care kit, a comfort kit, they are so easy to make. Create your own self care kit.

Whatever you call it, a self care kit, a comfort kit, they are so easy to make. Create your own self care kit. Get the lowdown and heal your anxiety

Whatever you call it, a self care kit, a comfort kit, they are so easy to make.

Create your own self care kit.

 

Say what??

I came across this idea many years ago through a counsellor and I have had one ever since. It’s a mixture of go to items for your senses to help when you are having a bad moment/day/week. The idea is to gather an item which stimulates your 5 senses, touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. These should be kept together (or nearby) and be readily accessible when the moment strikes.

Why? Well, why not? Did you have a teddy or comforter when you were a child? How long did it take you to give up your pacifier (or thumb)? It’s a similar principle – it helps to comfort and distract your mind. To pull it out of the downward spiral.

While we may no longer be children, that doesn’t mean we aren’t entitled to be comforted. I’ll let you in on a secret – I still have my childhood teddy – he comes out when I need comforting and it works EVERY time. It’s an internal process, deep in my psyche. I strongly associated my teddy with comfort. While I don’t need as much comfort, the memories and feelings I associate with my teddy are still strong (possibly stronger thanks to a touch of nostalgia!)

My kit changes as time goes by, depending on what I am feeling or what is helping me.

 

Here’s the current contents!

 

Whatever you call it, a self care kit, a comfort kit, they are so easy to make. Create your own self care kit. Get the lowdown and heal your anxiety
  • Blanket
  • Chocolate
  • Scented candles
  • Inspirational quote cards
  • Singing bowl

 

Why these things?

 

In short, they all bring me comfort and help to relieve my brain. The blanket is cosy and fluffy. Chocolate – no brainer for me. That said, in my self care kit – it is GREAT quality. When I need comfort, bog-standard doesn’t cut it. Scented candles – I can choose to evoke a memory, baking, cinnamon, Christmas there is a HUGE variety of scents available now. Inspirational quote cards – these are so easy and a godsend, they make me smile (you don’t need to be an artistic genius – you can grab them on Pinterest or take a look at my weekly Inky Pause) Singing bowl – yes, I could have an I-pod with my favourite mixes or a spotify playlist. But I don’t. The chime on the bowl changes the atmosphere and breaks whatever chatter is going on in my mind.

Not sure what to put in yours?

 

Here are some suggestions for you

  • Oracle Cards
  • Hot chocolate & marshmallows
  • Colouring book & pencils
  • A silk scarf
  • Bath bombs
  • Favourite perfume (samples are great for this)
  • Lavender Water (reminds me of my Grandma)
  • Beatrix Potter books
  • Luxury hand cream
  • A CD of feel-good tunes
  • Your childhood teddy bear
  • A cosy nightshirt

Now here’s a question – how to store your comfort kit?

A pretty box
A pretty bag

Mine lives on the top shelf of my wardrobe in a plastic bag (I know, very inspiring), but it works for me. You could wrap it in wrapping paper so if feels extra special when you open it. It doesn’t matter how you choose to store yours, so long as it is close at hand accessible should you need it.

So, what’s going in your comfort kit? Let me know!

 

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Do you struggle to draw over your backgrounds?

Do you struggle to draw over your backgrounds?

Do you struggle to draw over your backgrounds? Scared of ruining it? Or are you just plan stuck? Get the low-down to make it super easy.

The problem with creating over backgrounds…

 

We struggle to work over backgrounds. Whether it is fear of ruining it, or just don’t know where to start there are ways to make it easier.

 

The key? why don’t you want to cover it?

 

  • Too pretty?
  • Think you might ruin it?
  • Simply don’t know what to do?

The thing is, creating a background is a great warm up/ starting point. Experimenting is so much easier on a background, it’s a safe place – not a finished piece.

 

Remember, you don’t have to draw over it, who says it’s a background not a finished piece?

 

So, do you struggle to draw over your backgrounds?

 

If you’re struggling I’ve some inspiration for you.

 

 

Work on the background last

 

 

 

Make it simple..

 

You don’t have to draw over, you can collage.

 

 

 

 

Be brave, it’s only paper and paint. I promise that it won’t change your change your self worth. Experiment. You don’t have to show your work publicly, you will always learn, no matter the outcome and if you *REALLY* dislike it? Bin it! You have permission to simply throw it away.

 

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You are Unique – Embrace it! Inspiration and Motivation for the week.

You are Unique – Embrace it! Inspiration and Motivation for the week.

You are Unique - Embrace it! It may seem odd, but it is so easy to loose your unique motivation, that insight and inspiration. Get it back!

You are Unique – Embrace it!

Today’s Inky Pause is brought to you from my sofa, where I am nursing the plague! Ok, it’s not the plague – but I feel crap! My husband had a mild version and I’m now dosed up to the eyeballs trying to rest up as much as I can while feeling very sorry for myself. But never fear! I will return to full health, you can be sure of it.

I was listening to a discussion at work about ‘towing the line’ – in short, this is the task, stop questioning and get on with it. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for this, sometimes and authoritarian approach is necessary. But having heard the questions being raised, this was not the time. The questions were relevant and if steered in the right direction could lead to some improvements in the process.

The person raising the questions was embracing their unique perspective to try and improve things for colleagues and customers, the person spouting the ‘tow the line’ approach had blinkers on following blindly. I was waiting for the words ‘because that’s how we’ve always done it’ to enter the conversation.

My point is, it takes BALLS to stand up and voice those issues, propose those changes. You may find there is resistance. But sitting their quietly will not help. So embrace your quirks, your magic. Make the world a better place and who knows, maybe you’ll be happier speaking your truth rather than someone elses.

 

You are Unique - Embrace it! It may seem odd, but it is so easy to loose your unique motivation, that insight and inspiration. Get it back!

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